Is text neck a serious health issue?

Is text neck a serious health issue?
Is text neck a serious health issue?

Text neck is not typically considered a life-threatening or extremely serious health issue, but it can lead to discomfort and potentially contribute to more severe problems if left untreated or unaddressed.

Here’s a breakdown of its seriousness:

  1. Discomfort and Pain: Text neck can cause significant discomfort and pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Over time, this discomfort can become chronic and affect your daily life.
  2. Postural Problems: Prolonged text neck can result in poor posture, which may lead to other musculoskeletal issues.
  3. Spinal Health: In some cases, text neck can contribute to spinal problems, such as degenerative disc disease, which can be more serious and difficult to manage.
  4. Reduced Mobility: Persistent text neck may reduce your neck’s range of motion and contribute to muscle weakness.
  5. Headaches: Frequent headaches are a common symptom of text neck and can impact your quality of life.

While text neck itself is not life-threatening, it’s essential to address its symptoms and make lifestyle adjustments to prevent it from worsening or leading to more severe issues.  Prevention of text neck in the pediatric population is especially important.

Consult a healthcare professional if you experience persistent pain or discomfort associated with text neck to receive proper guidance and treatment.

Treatment options for text neck

Simple solutions for text neck is to minimize your use of a smartphone and correct posture while on the device.  If you are having symptoms as described above, then you may need additional treatment to help with pain and impairments that have progressed due to smartphone use.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team in cervical spine conditions to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Neck Alignment Program. This includes manual therapy and exercises to improve neck posture, improve sagittal alignment and promote proper stability. The primary goal of treatment is to address the underlying cervical spine issues that are giving you symptoms.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can help you!